"Bus stop, bus goes, she stays, love grows... under my umbrella"
You may remember the magical bus stop from the cult animation "My Neighbour Totoro" by Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki, complete with a lovable monster and heart-warming sharing of umbrellas (watch it here). Or you might enjoy listening to a great "sunshine pop" classic "Bus Stop" by The Hollies. In any case, you will be quite unprepared to see the wildly bizarre (or simply ridiculous) bus stop designs and "abandonments" that we feature in this article. You might even start your own photographic collection of similarly misshaped and misused public transportation enclaves.
As for some of the better-looking and creative bus stop designs... here are a few examples we like:
(top: disco bus stop creative, original unknown; bottom left - ecological bus stop island, by Anton Kochurkin, via; bottom right - Maite Otano)
Designed by NIO architecten, this endearing orange blob looks like it just been squeezed out of a kid's toothpaste tube. It also comes in a plain unadorned concrete color, which looks even stranger than orange treatment:
The stops were built for the Travel Expo show in 1990 with the intent to serve as an attractive gateway for travelers entering the Nagasaki Prefecture. According to the Isahaya City web site, the creators got the idea for these unusual shapes from the famous story of Cinderella where the carriage turns into a pumpkin.
This kind of bus stop design creativity has been happening in these parts since the 1950s:
These bus stops are not completely in the middle of nowhere, they are placed along the bus routes in Soviet Central Asia: in former Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan - see more in this set
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